By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The 5th Annual Pumpkinville festival will be held from October 7 – 23 at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. Events take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Children’s Garden, located at 301 West Reno & Harvey.
In order to prepare for the elaborate event, the Children’s Garden will be closed to the public from September 29 to October 6.
The Pumpkinviile festival is free for Myriad Garden members. The cost for non-members is $6 per child and $4 per adult. Purchase a Gardens membership and receive free admission, or Pumpkinville and Crystal Bridge Combo Packages are available for $10 per person.
“We have a little bit of the country, the harvest, and the sense of a farm right in downtown Oklahoma City,” said Maureen Heffernan, Myriad Gardens Executive Director. “It’s pretty wonderful.”
Event sponsors include OGE Energy Corporation, Express Employment Professionals, and E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation.
More than 3,000 pumpkins will fill the Children’s Garden along with crafts, games, festive displays, a party and more. Visit the Pumpkin Patch to purchase your pumpkins. Pumpkin Painting activities cost $5 per pumpkin.
Climb aboard the Pumpkinville Express for a ride around the Gardens each Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 p.m., $1 per rider, Ages 3 and under are free. This ride is handicapped accessible.
A Cider Press Demonstration and Tasting will take place on October 7, 14 and 22 at the Pavilion from 1 – 1:30 p.m. This event is free, but a $1 donation per participant is suggested.
The Painting in the Gardens Series will be held on the Pavilion lawn on Saturday, October 15 from 11 a. m. until 1 p. m. Wine and Palette instructors will help visitors paint their own pumpkins. Members can call 405-227-0230 to register and receive the discounted rate of $10. Non-members can register online for $20. Walk-ups of al ages are welcome if not sold out.
Each Saturday during the festival visitors can hear spooky stories on Grandmother’s Porch from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Stories will include Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell, Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler. This event is free with admission to Pumpkinville and is best for ages 4-9.
On Saturday, October 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Pumpkinville’s annual Halloween Party, the Garden Monster Bash, will take place in the Children’s Garden. There will be ghoulish games, eerie entertainment and “spook-alicious” treats for all that attend.
Prizes will be given for the best “creepy, crawly and cute” costumes. Members are $10 per child, $8 per adult. Non-members are $13 per child and $11 per adult. Pre-registration is requested by October 19. Space is limited so reserve early by registering online or call (405) 445-7080 by October 19.
The Spooky Pooch Parade will take place on Saturday, October 29, from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per member, $12 per nonmember
Registration for all activities will open online in mid-September.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 15 acre area that includes a half-acre children’s garden, an off-leash dog park, restaurant space, splash fountains, and paths for walking and jogging. Additionally, the Myriad Gardens offers a variety of horticultural education programs for adults and children.
Memberships to Myriad Gardens are 100 percent tax deductible. They include benefits such as invitations to preview parties and members-only events, discounts on educational programming, access to family activities in the park and free admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.
Sign-up to volunteer during Pumpkinville, or for more information, visit myriadgardens.org.